Ethiopia and Uganda: Keeping girls in school

In the pastoral areas of southern Ethiopia and northern Uganda, where girls cannot attend
schools because of social, cultural, and economic reasons, we implement our goats4girls initiative to re-enroll girls in school. Each girl gets 2 mature female goats and the parents match one. Each beneficiary girl then pledges to pass on the two first-born kids to another girl selected by school and community. Girls sell some of their goats to buy needed supplies that enable them to continue with their education. So far, over 1,000 girls have enrolled in the program. Read more about Goats4girls.


Potato Agri-business Clusters IIRR-IFDC Project

Highlights of Achievements in South Western Uganda Kisoro and Kanungu Districts-Uganda, 2014

  • Reached 35 farmer clusters (118 farmer groups, 57% of which were women farmers) comprising 6,125 beneficiaries
  • 87% of beneficiaries reduced production cost per acre of potato by 19%
  • Herbicide application reduced labor costs for land opening and weeding from UGX 230,000 ($90) /per acre to UGX 100,00 ($40)
  • Farmers earned extra US$2 per bag of sorted and graded potatoes as the result, compared to individually selling unsorted and ungraded potatoes
  • 7 sub-county cluster marketing committees legally registered
  • 23% increase in production and productivity from 9000 kg per acre to 11,760 after adopting improved farming practices
  • 23% increase in farmer gross incomes, from UGX 5,400,000 ($1862) per acre to UGX7,056,000 ($2433) as a result of agribusiness coaching
  • 1,335 farmers harvested 3,750,200kg (37,502 bags), collectively sold 3,040,500 kg (30,405 bags), earning a gross income of UGX1,998,698,000 ($ 689,206)
  • Farmers are collectively linked to input suppliers, processors, financial services providers, and transporters

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